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Virtual Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire scheduled for Nov. 6-7

Although the Education Foundation of Lake County had originally cancelled the annual Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire due to COVID-19 concerns, the show will be going on.

That’s because loyal patrons of one of the most beloved fall events in Lake County, will be able to experience what it is like to step back in time to late 17th century England through a day-long series of interactive and educational activities that will be showcased virtually.

“We have a core group of enthusiastic volunteers who did not want the year to pass without bringing the popular Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire to the community, so they have been working hard to create an engaging, virtual experience,” says Carman Cullen, executive director of the Education Foundation of Lake County.

“The plague has kept us from celebrating in person, but with Zoom meetings, the virtual Lady of the Lake Renaissance Faire will provide an interactive experience to bring the fun into your homes. Best of all, attendance is free,” says Michael Dempsey, aka Lord Edward, who was instrumental in the creation of the event back in 2002.

The annual Education Day event will be offered on Friday, Nov. 6, from 10am to 4pm and is open to all teachers and students as well as homeschool families. Participants will enjoy:

  • Interactive crafts
  • Games
  • Musical performances
  • History lessons from period characters

All Education Day participants must register in advance in order to receive the login information at lakerenfaire.com/virtual-faire-education-day-invite.

The Saturday, Nov. 7 activities will mirror a typical Ren Faire day with some of the same interactive activities as well as some “adult entertainment” from the raucous Lord Edward’s Pub. The Faire Day activities will be presented from 10am to 6pm.

“We are also offering a virtual vow renewal ceremony which is a popular event for couples who attend the Ren Faire,”  Carman says. “Plus, a vendor section on the online platform will allow attendees to shop at the websites of small businesses who cater to the thousands of people who typically attend our annual event.”

Information about the Nov. 7 virtual Faire Day can be received by signing up at lakerenfaire.com/virtual-faire-invite.

The Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire is the Education Foundation of Lake County’s biggest fundraiser and is the latest of several fundraising events the organization has cancelled due to the pandemic.

WIth that in mind, while the virtual event is being offered at no charge to attendees, donations are welcome and can be made by visiting www.EdFoundationLake.com/donate or by mailing a check to 2045 Pruitt Street, Leesburg, FL 34748.

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